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RE: SSL Server IDs
From: "Glenn Pearl" <glennp () datasync com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 07:53:36 -0600

Is Verisign the only option?  What are anyone's thoughts on Entrust or
Thawte certs?  Both of these seem to be as easily recognized by most
browsers, and cheaper than Verisign, too.

Glenn Pearl

-----Original Message-----
From: ty kirk [mailto:ca_ca_ca_cooler () msn com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 7:48 AM
To: xphox () xphox net; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: SSL Server IDs

How big is your company?  If it's small and most of the usage is
internal,
then self-sign using a certificate authority and then trust the
certificate
authority through their browsers.  But if you have many external
customers,
then it'll increase their confidence in your sites if you use
Verisign,
whether they are secure or not.  My 2 cents.


From: Nicholas Diotte <xphox () xphox net>
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: SSL Server IDs
Date: 18 Nov 2003 18:01:48 -0000



Good afternoon list,

I've been asked to find a way to enable SSL on all our products, the
problem is they are spread accross multiple servers, and devices.

Based on my current knowledge, I would assume that it is okay for me
to
self sign, and generate my own certificates.  However the powers that
be,
do not want to have to confirm a message box each time they close
their
browser.

So my question is the following:  What is the difference between
certificates?  You can pay $400.00 for a VeriSign SuperCert, you can
pay
$99.00 from DirectNic, and you can generate them yourself.  What are
the
advantages of going with VeriSign, vs. a smaller company.  And what
are the
disadvantages of generating your own.

Also, 2nd questions:  Why not have a wildcard certificate?
*.domain.org.
And can you use the wildcard certificate on multiple devices.  So I
guess,
can you copy the same key on multiple servers?

This environment contains multiple webservers, mostly IIS, but some
Apache.

Thanks,
Nick


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